Sunday 11 November 2012


We discovered this song a few days ago but we've been unfortunately diverted by other, more immediately affecting circumstances. C'est la vie! Anyway, we're proud to have come across this, seeing as the original was such a great song, and seeing as this cover by FI/SHE/S (winners of the Le Prix SFR Jeunes Talents Musique 2012) of Kavinsky's 'Nightcall' is not so bad either. Not bad at all.

Of course, it's always a little bit risky covering a song that made such a splash when it first appeared (and which is inextricably connected to Drive, one of the more memorable cinematic experiences of last year). The paradox is, however, that songs are often only covered because they are such loved songs in either huge pop circles, or by an equally massive cult following. A good cover is more often than not the product of covering a very, very well-known song, but the risk of it not being so good increases directly with how well-loved the original is.

In the case of FI/SHE/S cover of 'Nightcall', it's a bit of both - it has neither drastically affected my view of the original (à la Jimi Hendrix's 'All Along The Watchtower'), nor has it offensively and ineffectually flopped like a fish out of water (conscious pun). Listen/watch and see what I mean:

Essentially, this an indie-pop reworking of the original with a much more ambient, chilled-out feel. As such, it exudes a vibe that the original could not, i.e. that of a live band who play instruments and not a man who sits at a computer making music. That's the main difference. That, and the newly done dubstep beat - always more favourable on live drums. As such it sounds like basically a different song, the only thing that's the same is the lyrics, which are to be fair treated very well with some luscious vocal harmonies that seem to be second-nature to the band, having listened to a few of their other songs on their SoundCloud page (try 'Bien' and 'Quiet Is The Monster' to get a good idea of the spectrum of their sound).

You can actually get this song for free if you follow this link.

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